Chariot festival

The chariot is the largest of its kind in Asia and India

300 tonne
in the Chariot
90 feet
in the Chariot

 

The chariot comes around the four main streets surrounding the temple during the festival. The event is attended by lakhs of people from all over Tamil Nadu. The chariot festival is followed by the "Theppam", meaning float festival.


Important Festivals

Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January,
Lord Thiagesar granting His Feet darshan – Pada Darshan;
10 day Panguni Uthiraim in March-April with the flag hoisting on the Hastha Star Day of the previous Tamil month Masi,
with car festival on the 10th day with the significance of the darshan granted to sage Vyakrapada;
10 day Aadi Pooram in July-August;
the Bhoodha Ganas carrying paddy bags to Saint Sundararar on Masi Magam Day in February-March;
Chithiria festival in April-May are the important festivals of the temple.
Besides the above, the Pradosha Puajas are devotionally performed drawing huge crowds.
Deepavali, Pongal the Makar Sankranthi, Tamil and English New Year days are also observed with special pujas.


Chariot festival :

Kulothunga Chola II (1133–50 CE) enlarged the temple ritual to have fifty six festivals, some of which are followed in modern times. The annual chariot festival of the Thygarajaswamy temple is celebrated during April – May, correspondong to the Tamil month of Chitrai. The chariot is the largest of its kind in Asia and India weighing 300 tonne with a height of 90 feet. The chariot comes around the four main streets surrounding the temple during the festival. The event is attended by lakhs of people from all over Tamil Nadu. The chariot festival is followed by the "Theppam", meaning float festival.




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